FAMILY DATE NIGHT//HOW TO MAKE MEMORIES AT HOME

Date night, it’s a time to let life sit in the background and really get to know someone. Make it a FAMILY DATE NIGHT and all of a sudden there’s an opportunity to make lasting memories with your children. Ever since Steven went back to school [in addition to working full time], family nights have been few and far between. We have to make an intentional effort to truly spend time as a family. No TV, no phones, and no distractions. Easier said than done, right? I find that when we stop and enjoy each other as a family, we grow a little more and everyone seems refreshed. Our children are happier and therefore WE are happier!

I talked with Steven, and we have agreed to make this a monthly tradition. Each time will be slightly different! This month we decided to stay in and make it a nice relaxing evening. Who knew dating your family could be so fun!

Dinner:

Make it fun for your family. Cook with your kids! Have a dance party! With some good music, good drinks, and yummy food, you’re on your way to a good evening! I wanted to make special cocktails for the kids, so I made berry-lemonade slushies.

2c lemonade, 1/4c frozen mixed berries, and a handful of ice..blend and enjoy!

I think it’s safe to say they enjoyed their kid-friendly cocktails!

Get to know them:

We chose to have dinner outside. Being outdoors takes away from most of the daily distractions; toys, TV, and other food they might want to eat [like all the snacks in the pantry]. We intentionally talk to our kids and ask them questions about their day and TRY to find out what makes them tick. I know our children are little, but it’s important for us to let them know they are seen and heard. It’s not always easy, but worth it!

 

Play:

Play with your kids! What do they enjoy doing at home? Puzzles? Games? Craft projects? You know your children best. Odds are whatever they LOVE to do, they’ll love it even more if you do it with them! Tristan and Bonnie love being outside, so we simply jumped on our trampoline and went crazy! They LOVED it. Keep scrolling and wonder how Steven didn’t break his back!

 

He’s still alive people!!

The finale:

Watch a family movie with a fun snack they don’t normally get! Have a campfire in your back yard! Go for a long bike ride!

The list is endless friends.

 

Family Date Nights are going to be AWESOME. Your babies will look back and remember the intentional time you spent with them, I promise! Do you have suggestions or fun ideas? I’d love to hear them! Send me an email or comment below!

With love,

Chantelle

 

 

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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR ECZEMA

I have a love/hate relationship with skincare due to my ongoing issue with eczema. I love finding new new tricks and products that make my skin look amazing, however, spending time on a beauty routine is torture for me. Since developing eczema, I also suffer from EXTREMELY sensitive skin. Thank you children!! It’s very frustrating and annoying to deal with, let me tell you. I’ve tried so many products on the market with little success until I tried using apple cider vinegar or ACV.  I’m sure you’ve heard about its amazing benefits and they’re all true! I’m not a medical professional by any means, I just want to tell you what works for me.

I mix 1 part Bragg’s unfiltered ACV to 1 part water and store in a glass container. The reason I use Bragg’s is because it’s organic and unfiltered. The properties in unfiltered apple cider vinegar make the health benefits even more potent. It helps to balance the PH on my skin and maintain an even skin tone. I keep a bottle on my counter to use as a toner after washing my face and in the shower as a hair rinse. With regular daily use I have clear skin and healthy hair! Another added bonus, it’s CHEAP!

As you can see, my skin is far from perfect nor is my makeup, but hey, this is me.

Even though I’ve had major success with it, you need to know the warnings! It doesn’t smell pleasant and stings a bit if you have active eczema on your face. To remedy this, I add a few drops of good quality lavender essential oil to the bottle. It calms my skin and smells great! You may smell like vinegar for a few minutes but I promise it goes away shortly! Follow up with your favorite moisturizer and you’re good to go! I’ve also found that by using ACV as a hair rinse after shampooing, I no longer need conditioner!

Let me know what you think after trying this out! I’d love to hear feedback or success stories!

With Love,

Chantelle

 

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